Can I use over-the-counter progesterone?

The progesterone-only pills made available over the counter in July 2021 are intended for use as a contraceptive or to control monthly cycles, not for feminising hormone replacement therapy (HRT). These can be used by transmasculine people as a contraceptive, but not by transfeminine people as a feminising medication.

This is because the progesterone used in HRT is a bioidentical hormone, utrogestan or cyclogest, rather than the progestin that is used for birth control. The progesterone in contraceptive pills is different, so transfeminine people should be careful not to use contraceptive pills as their HRT.

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